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Hale Paahao (Old Prison)

  • Wainee and Prison Sts. Map It
  • Lahaina
  • Jail

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Lahaina's jailhouse is a reminder of rowdy whaling days. Its name literally means "stuck-in-irons house," referring to the wall shackles and ball-and-chain restraints. The compound was built in the 1850s by convict laborers out of blocks of coral that had been salvaged from the demolished waterfront fort. Most prisoners were sent here for desertion, drunkenness, or reckless horse riding. Today, a wax figure representing an imprisoned old sailor tells his recorded tale of woe. There are also interpretive signs for the botanical garden and whale boat in the yard.

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Wainee and Prison Sts., Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761, USA

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  • Free

Published 01/20/2010


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